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Oskar and the eight blessings

by Simon, Richard, 1959-

Format: Print Book 2015
Availability: Available at 15 Libraries 16 of 17 copies
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Andrew Bayne Memorial Library Seasonal E Simo
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Bethel Park Public Library Picture Books PB SIMON Richard
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C.C. Mellor Memorial Library Children Holiday/Seasonal E Sim
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CLP - East Liberty Children's Seasonal/Holiday j FICTION Simon
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CLP - Library for the Blind Children's Large Print Books j FICTION Simon CL10056
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CLP - Main Library Children's Department - Seasonal/Holiday j FICTION Simon
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Seasonal/Holiday j FICTION Simon
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Carnegie Library of Homestead Juvenile Picture Book J PIC Simo
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Dormont Public Library Holidays HOLIDAYS SIMO
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Picture Books j Ea SIMON Richard
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Picture Books j Ea SIMON Richard
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North Versailles Public Library Picture Book P SIMO
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Northland Public Library Children's Picture Books J PIC SIMON HOL
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Sewickley Public Library Juvenile Picture Books J E SIM
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Western Allegheny Community Library Picture Book JP PIC SIMON
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Whitehall Public Library Picture Books PIC Simon
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Cooper-Siegel Community Library Picture Book STORAGE
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Summary

Winner of the 2015 National Jewish Book Award for Children's Literature

A refugee seeking sanctuary from the horrors of Kristallnacht, Oskar arrives by ship in New York City with only a photograph and an address for an aunt he has never met. It is both the seventh day of Hanukkah and Christmas Eve, 1938. As Oskar walks the length of Manhattan, from the Battery to his new home in the north of the city, he passes experiences the city's many holiday sights, and encounters it various residents. Each offers Oskar a small act of kindness, welcoming him to the city and helping him on his way to a new life in the new world. This is a heartwarming, timeless picture book.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Eloquently rendered in art and text, this graphic-novel-style picture book relates the story of young Jewish immigrant Oskar, who, after Kristallnacht, is sent by his parents to New York City to live with his aunt. Arriving from Europe on the seventh night of Hanukkah also Christmas Eve with just her address and picture, Oskar searches the big, bustling city for her home. Along the way, he discovers unexpected kindnesses: a woman feeding birds shares bread, a man extends a helping hand after Oskar falls, until, finally, Aunt Esther sees him on the street and gives him a warm embrace. The descriptive prose has lyrical touches, while vibrantly accented, softly shaded illustrations incorporate varying perspectives and historical details, such as Superman, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Oskar's charming encounter with Count Basie, whose whistling inspires Oskar to whistle back his first conversation in America. From poignant to hopeful, Oskar's experiences affectingly illuminate and convey his father's parting words: Even in bad times, people can be good. Though the story is geared toward younger readers, the prelude's evocative, shadowy Kristallnacht depiction lacks explanation and may raise questions, so this may be best read with adult guidance. A brief glossary defines some terms, and a map of 1938 Manhattan pinpoints Oskar's path and the eight encounters his blessings.--Rosenfeld, Shelle Copyright 2015 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In the wake of Kristallnacht, Oskar's parents send him off alone to New York City to live with his Aunt Esther, who he has never met. The "terribly small" boy arrives on a December day in 1938 that's both the seventh night of Hanukkah and Christmas Eve, and makes his way 100 blocks up Broadway to reach his aunt's house. The final words of Oskar's father-"Even in bad times, people can be good. You have to look for blessings"-are affirmed as the boy crosses paths with eight New Yorkers from all walks of life (including cameos from Count Basie and Eleanor Roosevelt). The Simons' moving, reserved text is beautifully paired with Siegel's vivid, canvas-textured drawings, which borrow the dramatic framings and emotional energy of contemporary graphic novels. This is a book that's wonderfully original in every way-right up to the afterword providing historical context and a map of Oskar's walk. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Kindness -- Juvenile fiction.
Refugees -- Juvenile fiction.
Jews -- Juvenile fiction.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Juvenile fiction.
Kindness -- Fiction.
Refugees -- Fiction.
Jews -- Fiction.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Fiction.
Hanukkah -- Fiction.
Hanukkah stories.
Publisher New York :2015
Edition First edition.
Contributors Simon, T. R. (Tanya R.), author.
Siegel, Mark, 1967- illustrator.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations, color map ; 23 cm
ISBN 9781596439498
1596439491
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